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  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Beginning Press; 7 edition (Jan. 4 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877988324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877988325
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jl Metcalf on March 30 2003
Format: Paperback
I am amazed at some of the reviews which demonstrate that some alleged readers didn't read the book very carefully at all. Paula clearly admits that the reviews in her book are her opinions. However, I've been reading her books for over a decade, and her opinions are based on solid, thorough, scientific research NOT funded by anyone other than herself. I don't know of another book that can make that claim. She mixes her opinions with facts that few others dare because she has nothing to lose in the process. When she tells the truth, we all benefit. Articles in women's magazines stand to lose an enormous amount of advertising revenue if any editorials threaten to blow Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, Maybelline, or any cosmetics company that spends literally millions of dollars in ads off their solid gold pedestals. Paula also states quite clearly that if a certain regime or product works for the consumer, then the consumer should stick with it.
However, for the rest of us who need guidance in choosing what is best for our skin and make-up routines, this book is a godsend. She rates products on the ingredients they contain, their effect on the skin, and how well they work. She never claims that all products purchased in a drugstore are as good as those purchased at expensive prices in department stores. She freely acknowledges some poor products that are inexpensive do exist. And she also acknowledges that some poor products which are expensive also exist. In other words, the price of the cosmetic has nothing to do with its effectiveness, safety, or application.
What this book really does is give facts to help the consumer separate fact from fiction.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on Sept. 30 2003
Format: Paperback
I have been fascinated by and researched cosmetics for years (I haunt Sephora), so I was eager to sit down with this and leaf through it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to the point of being irate, so have waited for a while before writing in the heat of the moment.
My primary objection is with Ms. Begoun's strong bias against products based on natural ingredients. If one was to believe her, then botanical by-products and extracts are the bane of all skin care, and every one to be considered as dangerous as poison ivy. Taking it a step further, she poo-poos one CEO's assertion as to the danger of petrochemicals (so prevalent in cheaper cosmetics especially), wondering sarcastically if this person does not drive a car, fly a plane, live in a heated home etc. The obvious argument here of course being that one hopefully does not apply toxins like petroleum, gasoline, etc. to their skin on a daily basis, where it is absorbed directly into the system. Remember why "patch" medications work. It is naive to assume that our body is not on some level absorbing/consuming what we put on our skin.
Her prejudice also comes through in which studies she chooses to play up (to her convenience), and which are dismissed as though they were conducted in someone's kitchen sink. Either her research is thoroughly lacking, or she only researched tests and studies that support her premise of what's safe and of good quality, and what's not.
Despite the well-known concerns of sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates, published by a number of independent groups, she insists these are nothing objectionable. Even if the suspected carcinogenic traits are never proven, it's doubtful that anything that has raised such a question (or even furor) is safe period, cancer-causing or not.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 26 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are expecting the type of information you got in Ms Begoun's first book, you want get it in this one.
For instance, I used the BEST BUYS list in the first book extensively and found it to be reliable. This edition has thirty or so items in each category with no mention of the best prices. Also, in her first book I often disagreed with Ms. Begoun on products I have personally used as did many of the blind test groups. There are no test groups in this edition just facts, formulas and ingredients.
I also found her own product line in the book a little too self promoting.
Unless you are in need of a list of ingredients in cosmetics I can't see any point in this book as a reference.
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This Cosmetics Guide used to have a complete list of cosmetics ingredients which she refers to in her reviews of cosmetics section. In the version I had from the library on numerous occasions previously, there was detailed reference information on a huge compendium of ingredients. Unfortunately, I didn't' note in the Amazon description, or it wasn't addressed, that the ingredients section had been taken out. The fact that it is now available through an online is great ultimately, especially if it is being kept up-to-date regularly; however, I now found the information in the book much less useful.

My main interest was in the reviews of non- and natural soap and bath products to contrast with the customers of my hobby soapmaking/bath basket business.
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By Amy VG TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17 2007
Format: Paperback
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Often when I'm looking into buying a certain product and I really want it, I am hoping Ms. Begoun has something good to say about it, but she often doesn't, lol. But all in all, I think if you're shopping for skin care and make-up, you MUST have this book. I don't always take her word for everything she states about a certain product, but it's nice to have her opinion before making such a expensive purchase.
I highly recommend you have this if you are shopping for cosmetics! Also check out her website, it's also very informative!
ps: I also agree with the last reviewer, I also like The Skin Type Solution, it's a great book on helping you discover your skin type and helps out find the right products for your skin.
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